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AngloGold workers rally for mass meeting

2012-10-17 11:43

Fochville - Thousands of striking mineworkers were gathered on a hill at the Mponeng mine outside Fochville in the North West on Wednesday.

The workers were attending a mass meeting at the AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG] gold mine. They have been on strike since September 25 for better wages.

A worker's representative, Tshepo Motloi, said on Monday that one of the miners' representatives was arrested for incitement.

Six workers were arrested on Friday for public violence.

"What public violence?" he asked.

"They say they burnt people's car(s). No cars were burnt."

The men appeared in Fochville Magistrate's Court on Friday afternoon and were released to appear again on November 16.

Motloi said seven more people were arrested on Saturday for the same charge. They appeared in court on Monday and were released on R1 000 bail each.

One man still remained in jail as the workers tried to collect his bail, Motloi said.

As the workers waited for the meeting to start they sang and danced. Some were carrying sticks and pipes.

There was a strong police and security presence at the bottom of the hill. A helicopter was circling the hilltop.


Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-17 11:48

    Please guys, whatever you do, this time don't kill the freakin rabbit!!!

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-17 12:19

      What is it with these miners and hills, is this where the rabbits stay?

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-17 11:58

    Oh no, not ANOTHER mass debate!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-17 12:12

    They already missed out on 3 weeks pay = R7000+? This is a sure way towards poverty and misery. Miners should think for a change.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-17 12:23

      I am no mathematician, but when you earn about R4000 for a month, how can you loose that amount in 3 weeks?

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-17 12:46

    Wonder if I had burned a car if the cops would give me R1000 bail?

  • pierre.venter.96 - 2012-10-17 13:02

    This is not a strike! These miners are merely taken their annual leave all at once. LOL

  • native.rsa - 2012-10-17 13:14

    What is NUM's purpose

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